Awake and Sing, With Ruffalo and Gazzara, Begins L.A. Run Jan. 13

By Adam Hetrick
January 13, 2010

Members of the Broadway revival of Awake and Sing! – including Mark Ruffalo, Ben Gazzara, Jonathan Hadary and Peter Kybart – reunite Jan. 13 for the L.A. Theatre Works production of the Clifford Odets' play.



Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), who helmed the 2006 Broadway revival of the Depression-era play, stages the production that runs through Jan. 17.

In addition to Ruffalo, Gazzara, Hadary and Kybart, the Los Angeles production includes Jane Kaczmarek (Lost in Yonkers, "Malcolm in the Middle"), Emily Bergl (Becky Shaw, Some Americans Abroad), Richard Kind (The Producers), Raphael Sbarge (The Cherry Orchard, The Happy Ones) and Peter Smith.

According to press notes, "Awake and Sing! compassionately portrays the struggles of a Jewish immigrant family crowded together in a cramped Bronx tenement and laid low by the Great Depression Tragedy, hope and politics are all interwoven to create a powerful work as illuminating and engaging today as it was when first performed in the 1930s."

As with all LATW productions, the play will be recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For tickets to any of "The Play's the Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889.

For more information visit latw.org.